Monday, January 16, 2006

Let the Good Times Roll by Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki is my new hero. ;) In 10 days he has spit out more good articles than I have read in the last 2 months.

Let the Good Times Roll by Guy Kawasaki: "#10: Live off your parents as long as possible."

Well, till 25 ain't bad.

#9 Pursue joy, not happiness.
Pursuing joy, not happiness will translate into one thing over the next few years for you: Study what you love.

#8: Challenge the known and embrace the unknown.
Read Bill Bryson's A Brief History of Nearly Everything.

#7: Learn to speak a foreign language, play a musical instrument, and play non-contact sports.

I'm trying (well, not too hard) to learn Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese. I can't play both the guitar and the piano.

But you should also learn to play a sport like hockey, basketball, or tennis. That is, a sport you can play when you're over the hill.

Heh... I'll stick with golf.

#6: Continue to learn.
You would have to be a vegetable to not learn something new every day.

#5: Learn to like yourself or change yourself until you can like yourself.

#4: Don't get married too soon.

29 is a good number for me. It is a cliche, but it was still the best day of my life, bar none.

#3: Play to win and win to play.
Failure downgrades expectations. Failing big or small just means failing.

Winning is also a means to play again. The unexamined life may not be worth living, but the unlived life is not worth examining. The rewards of winning--money, power, satisfaction, and self-confidence--should not be squandered.

#2: Obey the absolutes.
Don't lie, cheat, or steal.

#1: Enjoy your family and friends before they are gone.

I visited my grandmother last weekend in Ottawa. She's 92 years old, has seen 2 world wars, and lives in a retirement home. She has dementia; somebody pushed her down last week and broke her elbow; she may have had a stroke, and she is still one of the strongest and feistiest women I know.

Enjoy your family and friends before they are gone. Nothing-not money, power, or fame-can replace your family and friends or bring them back once they are gone.

Read Guy's blog. Buy Guy's book.

When you get pregnant, you read What to Expect When You're Expecting. When you get laid off, you read What Color is Your Parachute?. When you get entrepreneurial, you read The Art of the Start.

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